The First World War Memorial project at St Matthew’s Church in Renishaw has received a grant of £17,553 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to preserve the village clock.
The memorial is an unassuming clock above the entrance porch to the church on Main Road.
The blue and gold clock was used by villagers and local labor to regulate their watches at home.
By the way, people would have taken out a pocket watch and checked the time to perhaps clock in at work in the mines, steelworks or railways in particular.
It was installed in 1919 and purchased by subscriptions raised by local people as a means of commemorating the dead of the First World War.
The memorial project said this clock means more to the community today than they realize.
“In the 100 years since it was set up, the local history and heritage of the area has changed dramatically around Renishaw and Spinkhill,” a spokesperson said.
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“To make this more representative and relevant to today’s society and young people, we aim to tell the story of the watch from 1919 to 2019 and the changes it represents.
“Thanks to the actors of the National Lottery, the project aims to offer a number of activities related to the local community
“Restoring and updating the clock in the first place and making it easier to use is paramount. Aging populations and also religious congregations make maintenance and operation of the clock difficult (a 15 foot climb on a ladder to reach housing in the first place!).
Children and adults will discover together the significant issues of the time since its installation by collecting or recording 20 stories that reflect the memories of the inhabitants of the district.
A celebratory brochure and exhibit on the history of the clock will be produced when the project ends in August 2023.
Rev Michael Guest, of St Matthew. said: “We are delighted to have received this support thanks to the National Lottery players.
“St Matthew’s Church Clock is an important part of the village’s heritage. It is great to know that we are getting closer to preserving it for future generations and our community.